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because people have given money certain nd they meet a standard and they are older you have to hit social security and is where you here have older voters that voted ery high rates and very strong interest groups like aarp and others that will push back. don't see major entitlement reform coming through. host: james thurber distinguished proffer of at american used and former director and founder of he american university senator for congressional presidential studies, thank you very much. fellow with s brookings institution. we thank you for the conversation. the house is gavelling in for their morning legislative any second. gavel-to-gavelyou service on c-span. this is where it will play out on the house floor. how will they vote to keep the government running and tune in havespan 2 because we will
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coverage of the votes over there as well. thank you for watching. live coverage of the house. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. dear god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. bless the members of the people's house in these few days before so many americans gather with families and loved one in a season of good will toward all. may that spirit pervade these halls and chambers and may the work done and being done redown to the benefit of all, most particularly those whom you among us. least
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as always, we pray that all that is done be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. among us. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i nand a vote on the agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval. journal. those in favor will vote aye. those opposed, no. the aye vs. t the journal is approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceed ongs this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. mr. kildee: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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will eaker: the chair now entertain up to five one minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my will entertain up without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: remarks. the speaker pro tempore: mr. sp rise today in memory of penny brammer, who passed away last week after a courageous battle with breast cancer. she was 59. she worked for the pennsylvania f.f.a. association, was known as momma b by the commonwealth youth leaders of agriculture. enny inspired thousands of teenagers to have passion and a drive to pursue their dreams. she is survived by her loving husband, high school, and sweetheart michael. her son, teenagers to have passion and a and his wife. and her daughter. and her husband. as well as her parents, george and shirley. she also leaves her grandchildren.
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mr. speaker, my heart is heavy for the entire family as well as for penny's extended family at the pennsylvania f.f.a. association. and the new kingstown volunteer fire company. penny dedicated her life to helping others, especially our youth. her memory will live on in the hearts of all those whose lives she's touched. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ldee: thank you, speaker. well, yesterday i guess for the row this house voted for massive tax cuts for keep at the very top and left behind row a lot of working americans. in fact, gave permanent tax cuts to corporations and only temporary help for some american families. they said that the marketplace
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and corporations needed certainty. and that's why those tax cuts were permanent. now we have a continuing resolution, 28 days of funding, after 11 months of not doing anything about it, what about the certainty for veterans that they are going to get the health care that they deserve? not a priority. what about the certainty for children who depend on the chip program? not a priority. what about the certainty those families who are struggling ith a family member fighting opioid abuse? the promises ring hollow because if they are the promise because if they are not a priority, corporations, the top priority, the american people who struggle every single day in the tax bill, and now in this continuing resolution, just not a priority. of complete hs
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republican control and of compl republican control and false promises, american families get left behind again. it's a shame. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? from arkansas, i knew it was there. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a truly talented group of students whose artistic abilities are on display here in our nation's capitol, students from the art center in arkansas designed ornaments adorning this year's arkansas state christmas tree on the ellipse here in washington, d.c. the students used colored pencils, paper, markers and glitter to create beautiful pieces of art which represent arkansas' natural resources and economy. mr. westerman: i congratulate these students on highlighting the best of the natural state and a truly wonderful way and wish them, their families, and all the fourth district of
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arkansas a merry christmas filled with joy and smiles like i felt when i saw this remarkable art from home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i'm here today to honor a navy veteran and retiring executive director of the u.s.s. lechington on the bay museum, captain f.w. rocco. mr. farenthold: following his graduation from the naval served in numerous positions over his career. he completed 900 carrier landings. commander his served officer in an aircraft swaud ron, to manpower director, he has always shown his dedication and commitment to our country. his bravery and service earned him many awards, including two legion of merit medals, command officer in two meritorious service medals, a navy marine corps commendation
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medal, and five service ribbons. his service did not stop there when he retired. in 1998, he became the executive director of the u.s.s. lexington on the bay museum in corpus christi, where he served for 19 years. throughout his time, his e.d. brought innovation and creativity to his position and did a phenomenal job maintaining and approving the museum that sits on corpus christi bay. there was patriotism, loyalty, and service, he holds true to the values of american citizen that inspire us all. thank you, rocco, for your commitment to our nation and on behalf of everyone in the 27th congressional district of texas, i wish you a happy retirement. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise this morning to once again implore this congress to take bipartisan action to extend federal funding of the children's health insurance program, or chip.
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mr. fitzpatrick: in my home state of pennsylvania, more than 176,000 children have gained access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage through chip. providing them with age appropriate medical and developmental care. since the program became law, the percentage of uninsured children nationwide is decreased by more than half in 13.9% in 1997, to 6.6% 2016. as a result of its reliability and effectiveness, chip has consistently enjoyed strong bipartisan support. in september, i joined a bipartisan group from across pennsylvania urging leaders of both parties to take action to ensure that children have access to high quality health insurance coverage during their formative years. a move we know yields an abundance of positive outcomes. fewer hospitalizations, increased earning power, and better health outcomes as an adult. while this chamber has already taken action, passing legislation last month to fund chip, the senate has yet to
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act. it is crucial we provide certainty, security for children and parents and providers and move to sign into law chip extension legislation as soon as possible. mr. speaker, the time is now for the senate to act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, on december 31 of this year, the fisa 702 surveillance program expires. ostensibly this program allows our intelligence agencies to spy on and stop terrorism. however it's a well-known fact that the f.b.i. has used this program as a backdoor to our constitution to spy on americans. i urge my colleagues not to re-authorize this program before december 31st without significant reforms. mr. massie: we all took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution. we need to stay true to that oath and require the f.b.i. to get a warrant if they want to go into the 702 database to
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surveil americans. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: mursuent to clause while we are in this break from the house, we will go now live to the rules committee as they continue their work. ms. pelosi: when we won the house and we went to our first meeting my being speaker with president bush he said now we can pass immigration reform. we're sitting at the table. not a big table.

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